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5:00. see you at 6:00. >> bye-bye! >>> on the broadcast tonight -- plan of attack? the u.s. now says it is undeniable that syria used chemical weapons on its own people. the secretary of state calling it a moral obscenity. is america about to strike? >>> the burn zone, now the size of chicago. one of the biggest fires ever in california. and is san francisco's threatened water and power supply out of the woods? >> early detection of ovarian cancer, one with of the deadliest and hardest to diagnosis. tonight a simple blood test that could save thousands of lives. >> and, about last night. the performance that left no doubt she is not hannah montana anymore. did she go too far? or was that exactly the point? "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian. the white house tonight says there is no question they did it. calling out the syrian government over a chemical weapons attack last week that killed hundreds of syrian civilians. the language from washington today was exceedingly blunt. secretary of state john kerry this afternoon laying out the case f
. >> some cite the risk of doing things. but we need to ask what is the risk of doing nothing? >> tonight, u.s. warships are in position. will the president give the order to strike? "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian tonight. the words and the signals couldn't be clearer. it is virtually certain tonight the united states will not let syria's alleged use of chemical weapons go unpunished. the president today said he has not made a final decision in the course of action, but the case for a u.s. military attack was spelled out in no uncertain terms by secretary of state john kerry. like a prosecutor making an impassioned closing argument to a jury, kerry today made a point-by-point assessment of the evidence against syria, and warning of the consequences should the world turn a blind eye. kerry offered new details of the chemical attacks and the assad government's involvement based on evidence he said was clear and compelling. he said any u.s. response would be limited in its scope, without american boots on the ground. and he revealed that more than 1400 p
>>> on the broadcast tonight from washington -- ready to strike. the u.s. prepare as military attack on syria, but tonight the house speaker tells the president to slow down. we'll take a closer look at the possible consequences of american military action. >>> remembering the dream. 50 years after dr. king's historic speech, a huge crowd comes here to celebrate, remember and inspire the nation to finish the job. >>> death sentence for the army psychiatrist convicted in the massacre at fort hood. >>> and air scare. a new warning tonight about the wildfire at yosemite and what it's doing to the air people are breathing so many miles away. "nightly news" begins now. >>> and good evening. i'm lester holt in for brian. here in washington, talk of war and peace at the lincoln memorial where martin luther king jr. delivered his famous "i have a dream" speech 50 years ago today. president obama headlined a chorus of speakers saluting the racial justice that changed this country. a lot more on that in a few minutes. >>> but first, the remmings in this city about a possible military at
, even ordering dinner in. with only 25 hours left. many people who use b.a.r.t. are bracing for a crippling strike. >> in oakland, negotiators have been meeting all day and they're still a it. >> that's right. we haven't seen the negotiators leave for the night so as far as we know, they are still in the building hashing it owl. earlier at 7:00, we did hear from one of the upper negotiators who told us, quote, we are working on it. she went on to say the two sides have been discussing some of the major sticking points, including salary and benefits. >> the unions understand the gravity of the situation. we know today is august 3rd. i think that is a breakthrough to the district. they recognize today is august 3rd. so we don't have a lot of time. >> inside this building on west grand, close to oakland, talks continue between b.a.r.t. and the two largest unions. so far there are no indications from either side that any major progress is being made to avert a strike monday morning. one that could lead hundreds of thousands of commuters stranded or stuck in grid lock. >> it make
>>> good friday morning. coming up on "early today," solo act. could the u.s. end up going it alone with a military strike against syria's assad regime. we're live in london and the middle east. >>> rattled. the nfl's almost $800 million settlement over concussion lawsuits. >>> high times. the department of justice has a whole new outlook on marijuana. and it's not a buzz kill. >>> plus, an angry ax-wielding neighbor lashes out at a local teen. the avengers have a new villain in store for you. >>> and your ready to go 415 feet into the sky, then fall at 90 miles per hour? get ready. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for friday, august 30th. good morning. i'm richard lui. the u.s. is readying for a possible solo action against syria, but president obama is facing some skepticism from congress. defense secretary chuck hagel spoke with senior congressional leaders thursday. the 90-minute call detailed the administration's evidence against assad's regime. lawmakers from both parties pressured the president for legal rationale. >> the president is going
. they are painting using compressors, repair work that would normally impact traffic in a major way. >> it helps cal tran get work done. >> this is going to be in great shape, a good compliment to the brandt newbridge. it's an exciting day for everybody. >> reporter: workers have t eer to finish up work that needs to be done to get the toll plaza open for opening day. they are replacing the light bulbs with led bulbs. they are hoping to be ahead of schedule. >>> thanks a lot. they can't use that bridge. so they're using that bridge. the san mateo bridge. and things moving along bretty smoothly. certainly coming westbound, slow going eastbound. it's much better than it was not that long ago. >>> now to a nbc bay area follow up. just days before the new span is set to open, cal trans has truck driver who died in 2009 who failed to navigate an s-curve. cal tran settled for $700,000. the lawsuit accused cal trans of not warning drivers about the sharp curve. state officials said he was traveling too fast and carrying more weight than he should have. the bridge is set to reopen at 5:00 tuesday morning. w
's comforting. >> its nice to know everyone is behind us. everyone in all of california. it's a good feeling, you know? >> reporter: and we're back here live. again, you are looking at some of the destruction, once again, nearly 150,000 acres have burned so far. but there is an awful lot of help out here. now, there are about 3700 firefighters out here battling with more crews still arriving. one resident told me it seems like there's a fire truck for every house and residents here are truly, truly grateful. reporting live, i'm jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jodi. longtime campers mourn if loss of the family camp. the state fire officials i were formed the officials that the camp had been destroyed. the camp has operated outside of yosemite since 1922. it's an escape for many bay area families who spend their time fishing, sitting around the camp fires and playing bingo. many long-time campers news of the fire marked a huge loss. >> the last news we heard was the camp was saved and put a big row of fire retardant so it was really sad this morning to find out it was gone. >>
of the u.s. treasury? former treasury head larry summers is on board. so is the former head of visa and google purchased a stake in lending club as well giving the young company a valuation of $1.5 billion. now at its heart, lending club is simply a dating service for money. a person in need posts his or her request and you can lend that person cash. you can cover some small part of the loan, as little as $25 or fund the entire thing. nearly $3 million changes hands on lending club every single day. >> co-founder and ceo of lending club came up with the idea when he noticed his credit card charged him 18% interest for debt and bank paid 1% for his deposits. so i don't think we can start this without explaining how it works. i have some money. i go on and can find a loan i think is interesting and contribute the money, right? >> you diversify your investment -- >> take my money and split it up. >> across fractions of loans. if you make a $10,000 investment, most likely you're going to invest in 400 different loans and take $25 fraction of each -- >> we're all going to ask, how do i k
remains open. we want to bring in gail spears, a spokesperson from the city of fairfield. are you with us? >> caller: i am. >> at this point, it's 6:00. can you tell us the very latest? >> caller: we've opened an evacuation center over at fairfield high for those who are being displaced right now for their safety. >> from what i've seen in the 5:00 hour, we saw a lot of smokes, a lot of flames. it looks like it's dissipated. it seems that firefighters have gotten control of this, what's your perspective? >> caller: hthey're not saying contained, but they're saying control. they are on the scene and they're making sure they're going to get this fire completely out so no other homes are threatened. >> do you know how many homes were lost? there were talk about five lost and five others threatened? >> caller: last report is that we had five homes fully involved in the fire. >> and the apartment building, the bennington apartment building, was that evacuated orb just a precaution? >>. >> caller: vac wait as a precaution. so we've had about 50 evacuees head over to fairfield high. >> are there
the beginning of the challenges they face. >> rugged terrain, heat, very, very dry fields. our people tell us they have never seen fuel this dry. >> reporter: the fire has scorched 293 square miles. crews are using dozers to clear out brush and trees fuelling the flames and to cut containment lines. more than 4,000 firefighters have joined the effort including dozens from the bay area. >> we have a strike team here with me that consists of personnel and fire apparatus from all over santa clara county. >> reporter: including palo alto. firefighters are concerned about these clouds called convection column that can spew hot debris from the fire miles ahead of the containment lines. the fire is 23% contained but still threatening more than 4,000 homes and crews know they have a tough and long battle ahead. they don't expect to fully contain the fire until september 10. this is a self-contained base camp for the more than 4,000 firefighters out here fighting the rim fire. the day crew is coming in for dinner. the night crew is about to head out. this is a 24-hour firefighting effort. we know that
for the people who use this bridge every day. drivers got plenty of warning that a bridge closure was coming. >> going to take the kids across it. we'll walk the bridge with everybody else and hope to be one of the first million people to cross it. >> there were a lot of folks who wanted to be the last person to cross the bay bridge before it closed. some people were driving in slow motion and got the attention of the chp. >> the chp was on hand to clear the people out. they were in fact some of the last vehicles over. whether they got the last vehicle title doesn't matter as long as they got to have that last moment. >> reporter: the bridge closed at 8:05 and soon after that, the work began. >> still be grinding, grading, repaving, striping and creating a new roadway. between the toll plaza and the new east span of the bridge. >> reporter: the caltrans spokesperson says that 3 tons of dirt and gravel will be coming out. by tuesday the seismically safe side by side eastern span will be open. >> the port of oakland will be to the right, the east bay hills straight ahead. you come through the
the worldwide travel alert issued to americans overseas after u.s. intelligent caught wind al qaeda may be planning an attack against american interest. the threat is credible, but pinpointing the target or targets, officials are taking no chances. issuing a blanket travel warning and closing american embassies across much of the muslim world tomorrow. we are learning more about where the threats are coming from amid a shifting center of power. covering several angle, we go to kristen welker at the white house. >> officials say the threat could be coming from the arabian peninsula and the affiliate in yemen. in one of the most serious terror warnings in years, the state department alerted americans overseas that al qaeda could be plotting an attack and have their eyes trained on the arabian peninsula. it covers travel for americans, cautioning them to be vigilant at tourist sites and public transportation. in a statement they said terrorists may use a variety of means and weapons and target officials and private interest. it will stay in effect through august. chairman of the joint chie
>>> good thursday morning. coming up on "early today," is the aye u.s. military strike on syria imminent? we're live in the region. >>> four major illnesses tied to a lack of sleep. the results of a five-year sleep study. >>> send a text to a driver and you could be held legally responsible if there's a car accident. >>> plus, fast food workers across the country prepare to strike. taking in the dream 50 years later. >>> and a billion-dollar classified payload heads to space. and an albino alligator gets acupuncture for back pain. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, august 29th. >>> very good morning. i'm richard lui. thousands of syrians are trying to flee the country in advance of a potential u.s.-led military strike. refugee sites are springing up across lebanon and the entire mideast is on age. there's a run on gas masks. israelis young and old are lining up at distribution centers thinking they may be syria's next target. >>> this morning, president obama is confirming the use of chemical weapons by the assad regime. >> we have
in such a way and the u.s. government is getting into this as well. servitude is the notion of loss of choice. upstart we like to think you have more choices, you can do what you want as opposed to feeling what you have to do because you have a lot of student debt. >> dave, first of all, leaving google to do a startup. >> not a lot of people have said that to me, by the way. >> i have a question, who is the ideal candidate for something like this and is there an ideal candidate. >> capital on future potential has broad-based potential. people early in their career who tend to want to do something entrepreneurial, but they have a big burden, student debt or credit card debt, they have freedom to take a chance, pursue something they are excited about. instead of taking that boring corporate job they really don't want. that's the prototypical upstart. >> sounds like an idea that makes perfect sense for bay area and people involved in tech but does this apply to all people in other parts of the country or another company not tech. >> it's not silicon solution at all, stanford or cal, mit, cam bri
guard. how does it work? why was it so loud and can we opt out. kris sanchez joins us from san jose. this was the first time i received a text alert from the chp. >> in fact, that text did not come from the chp. it came from ctia, the wireless trade organization that manages the wireless emergency alerts. it's very confusing right now. you're not the only one who has questions about it. we found a lot of folks didn't know this was a possibility until the phones started blowing up around 11:00 last night. >> my phone went off last night. yeah, it caught me by surprise. >> even chp officer chris was caught off guard by the loud buzzing alarm coming from his cell phone when the san diego sheriff's department requested its amber alert for two abducted children. through the wr wireless emergency alerts program, amber alerts are now sent to all cell phones whether you sign up for the alerts or not. >> it worked. it we should have done that from the beginning when phones were in the system. >> on social media some folks were put off asking the ctia how to opt out. others asking that the al
waiting for you. >> we've been waiting for you guys. so excited you're able to watch us. >> watch us drink in the morning. >> yes. >> okay, anyway, we have to go on record saying we were wrong about "the voice." >> oh, were we. i wonder why? >> here's the thing, there were six singers left yesterday and both of us were called upon to choose which one would be eliminated. only one was going to be eliminated last night, and after a lot of rigger ma role, we both thought we liked her, but amber carrington from team adam was ready to go. this was amber's moment. >> i have the name of the next person advancing to the semifinals. let's get to it. amber carrington from team adam! and adam is relieved. america keeps her in the game. amber moves on. >> i love you. i love you. oh, i love you. >> okay. >> little love fest happening. >> something special happening. >> now we're going to choose again. it came down to the swan brothers, who you saw. and holly tucker. both from team blake. we're going to watch a couple of segments. please, don't speak. ♪ ♪ >> okay, of those two, who do you think? >>
home at the end of the day. scott budman >qájju us from the home at the ÷ d of the day. transportation tips for us. >> jessica, there a" several alternatives fort( commuters wh need to get to and from work, ti find them you need to reach no further than your smartphone. alternatives like side car say they expect a huge jump in business on monday xdw3Ñiokcmor. side car and fellow san share company uber got big boosts last time. they expect the phonmsvÑi to ri again. >> we've been able to takeçóc t power of the smartphone and social mediafá and build that trust. our riders tell us allt(çó the that theyt( feel safer in a rid they found through side car than taxi. >> another way to go isçó karma which matches people to carpool that isx w3t(ok app and phoneç#u d:iuz you.to find a driver close svyt of the customers who tried them out stayed, so the strike was good for some localnb businesses. uch. 9-uv >>> now, if that strike does take place, nbc bay area news ir we have workarounds to help you on monday our b.a.r.t. strike coverage continues atok 4:00 a.,
day without a deal. cheryl herd joins us with the latest on the march. not a lot of progress made today it seems. >> reporter: not a lot today because negotiations ended earlier. hundreds are expected to show up here at the plaza tonight. it's 14th and broadway. that's the location many protests have taken place in the past. as you can see, union members are setting up for the labor rally in support of b.a.r.t. workers. a strike could happen at midnight on sunday. both sides were at the table earlier today, but negotiations ended early, so union members could attend. labor unions and community organizations from all over northern california are expected to be here. even members of the occupy movement said they will be here tonight in support of b.a.r.t. workers. that's why oakland police are concerned, unlike last time when things got out of hand during a march in oakland. police say this time they -- >> trayvon martin protesters plan to meet with the already organized union who plans to do their own rally and have their own messaging that they want to send. so we have received in
to the area. coke's sister said coke's teenage daughter used the find my iphone app sunday night. >> like a good technologically savvy teenager, she saw her mom's phone zigzagging all over the north bay area. we know it came to rest in richmond. it seemed to be all over in oakland and vacaville and different neighborhoods. >> reporter: a police source says surveillance cameras captured the car crossing a bridge. another camera showed coke's former boyfriend, parolee randy alano, gassing up her car and using her atm card. alana, who has been arrested on a parole violation and named a personal of interest in the case, was found with coke's fees and her credit card. he also had on muddy boots. >> this is an ongoing investigation. it's evolving and evolving quickly now. things have happened. a body has been located. >> reporter: the body has not yet been removed from the scene, and when it is, we are told it will be taken to the county coroner's office to be identified. so far we haven't heard anything from coke's family. but a co-worker tells me as awful as this discovery is, perhaps it will
b.a.r.t. headquarters. >> that's going to do it for us. >>> on our broadcast tonight -- judgment day for the man who held three young women captive for a decade. a dramatic day in court as one of the women bravely confronts her captor and the man described as a monster is allowed to speak at length. >>> walking free, despite warnings from the u.s. not to do it. russia has given a home to nsa leaker eard snowden and the showdown with the u.s. just got worse. >> new parts. the choice millions of us are making to get out of chronic knee pain and get new ones installed. tonight, dr. nancy snyderman on one of the most popular surgeries for americans. some who put it off for far too long. >>> and making history. a woman who has already broken barriers now on the verge of going where no woman has ever gone before. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. as it unfolded in court today, in cleveland, ohio, a live television audience was allowed to see a man who has been described as a monster, who for over a decade held young prisoners in his home. and during his long and rambling rem
. >> thank you for joining us. for the next 30 minutes we investigate exposing issues uncovering corruption and holding the powerful accountable. we begin with an investigation that exposed major problems with one of the nation's largest food distributors. problems after our hidden cameras uncovered secret storage places. we discovered major violations of state health code. the investigative unit taking you undercover. you'll see where we found food, raw meat, milk and other perishables sold to restaurants. investigative reporter vicky wynn has the picture, and video that forced the state to move in. >> reporter: don't eat before you swim. that's what mom and dad used to say. but at this san jose swim center, the source of the food could be the problem. for weeks now we've kept cameras on these outdoor unrefrigerated sheds across northern california. they're rented by cisco corporation. if you've ever dined out, you've probably eaten cisco food. cisco provides food to 400,000 clients worldwide, from hospitals to hotels. >> every type of food that you can think of. >> reporter: how is that f
. the agend ahandling the crisis in egypt and if the u.s. will continue its financial military relationship. >>> premeditated murder. did the bladerunner plan to kill his girlfriend riva steencamp. >>> plus reggie wayne light ups the preseason. >>> are lilo's six trips to rehab enough for a turnaround. >>> and the most expensive car ever sold at auction. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for monday, august 19th. >>> good morning. i'm richard lui. today could be a difficult day for fire crews in the west. the beaver creek fire has scorched nearly 160 square miles. it's located about two hours east of boise. officials ordered the evacuation of some 2,300 homes but have some optimism at the moment as more crews arrive to fight the flames. >> it's emotional to see our landscape changing and to know that people that we love could possibly be in danger. >> we need an army out there and we've got it. hundreds of firefighters. i know they are doing all that they can. >> some 90 fire engines are on the ground working to protect homes and businesses. the fire started
>> thanks for joining us. we hope to see you back at 6 clk. >>> on our broadcast tonight, under fire. after a spike in wrongdoing by tsa agents caught sleeping on the job, stealing from passengers, and letting bags and people slip by checkpoints. >>> banned for life. that's what alex rodriguez is facing according to a league report from the world of baseball as talks continue to cut a deal and with a crackdown on cheaters under way. >>> the traffic jam at one of the most beautiful spots in the country. are we loving our national parks to death? and what summer visitors to yosemite may discover when they arrive. >>> and must see tv, the new network about to go national, aimed at a specific niche audience. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. they are the men and women in blue. it is an unmistakable bright blue, and frequent fliers know them instantly as the people standing between us passengers and actually boarding an airplane. there was no tsa before 9/11 and they have grown big and powerful in just the years since. most of the time they do their work without incident,
the administration's high anxiety? we'll hear from two leading u.s. senators including the top republican on the senate intelligence committee. >>> the snowden affair. russia gives him temporary asylum. how the obama adminiration is trying to win the debate over privacy versus security. >>> craving the spot light. politicians and personal scandals. what makes them think they should stay in public life? inside on the pursuit of redemmings from our political roundtable including the host of msnbc's "morning joe," joe scarborough. >>> and judgment day. the fate of some of baseball's biggest stars hangs in the balance as they face the prospect of severe penalties over steroid use. is it enough to restore trust in america's favorite pastime? perspective this morning as i talk with bob costas of nbc sportses. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" this sunday morning, august 4th. >> and good sunday morning. the u.s. is on high alert at this hour. 22 u.s. embassies from north africa to bangladesh are closed now, and a worldwide travel alert is in effect for americans. andrea mitch
, and this morning many u.s. embassies and consulates remain closed as we learn more about the global threat. tracie potts is live in washington. what is the latest with this threat? what do we know? >> it's the anniversary of being bombed and a lot of times terrorists use anniversaries to strike. it's for that reason, betty, this huge fire this morning caught everyone's attention. there's nothing going in or out of kenya's airport this morning because of this huge fire. no word if it's connected to today's 15th anniversary of deadly bombings at our embassy there and in tanzania. the whole region is on alert. 19 u.s. embassies and consulates remain closed due to a terror threat. on jay leno last night, president obama said it's a reminder. >> violent extremism is still out there. we've got to stay on top of it. >> reporter: the airports evacuated 100 americans in the embassy in yemen based on what the state department calls -- >> an immediate specific threat. >> reporter: but not new. >> al qaeda is alive. look at pakistan. look at afghanistan. look at yemen. >> reporter: experts say exposing the pl
that forced the state to move in. >> reporter: don't eat before you swim. that's what mom and dad used to say. but at this san jose swim center, the source of the food could be the problem. for weeks now we've kept cameras on these outdoor unrefridge rated shed across northern california rented by sysco corporation. you've you've dined out, you've probably eaton the food. they provide to 400,000 clients nationwide from hotels to hospitals. >> they provide every type of food you can think of. >> reporter: how is that food treated before it gets there? we found out after a source with inside information revealed the company's dirty secret. >> if this is something going on for a very long time. over ten years. enough is enough. the public needs to know where their food is coming from. >> reporter: it's 4:30 on a tuesday morning. watch as a sysco truck arrives at the shed. it unloads box after box carrying cheese and raw pork. throughout the day we carry salesman picking up food in personal cars to deliver to customers. five hours later, this salesman finally loads a piece of pork to his trunk. f
that the syrian government used cmical weapons on its own people. with u.s. war ships in striking distance, iran warns washington not to intervene. >>> warning signs, a new program is teaching teachers how to spot trouble signs in trouble students. >>> and higher calling, the people's pope is reaching out a in new and unexpected ways. we'll tell you about the right et cetera kit in the pontiff happens to call you. >>> good evening. that raging while fire is growing in two directions now heading west and threatening homes forcing residents to vac wait and the winds tonight are not helping. gusts up to 30 mile an hour. the sow scald called rim fire is the largest in the country, less than 10% kapd. and it's producing dangerous weather patterns that can potentially trap some of the firefighters on ground. we're in california tonight. >> reporter: hi. cal fire says 4,000 firefighters are now assigned to this fire. preposition strike teams here. we have another camera to show you yet another strike team that is comparing to defend this community as the afternoon winds now start to kick up. in norther
matters. >> thanks for joining us. nightly news is up next. >>> on the broadcast tonight -- state of siege. a deadly crackdown in egypt. tonight, hundreds reported killed, thousands injured after government forces move in to crush the protests. our richard engel with a view from the violent streets. >>> deadly crash. the fiery scene in alabama as a u.p.s. jet goes down. tonight, questions about safety and cargo planes. >>> diet soda. with sales taking a hit, the highly unusual ad campaign by coca-cola reassuring the public. but why? >>> and outside the box. the boy who showed what you can do with a little cardboard and a big imagination, inspiring kids around the world and making a whole lot of money. "nightly news" begins now. >> good evening, i'm lester holt sitting in for brian. the horrific images coming out of egypt all day capture a country rapidly spiraling out of control as the government made good on promises to disperse supporters of egypt's lawfully elected president who was ousted by the military last month. tonight hundreds are dead and thousands injured following the
in rockefeller plaza. >>> we look tough in that. >> don't mess with us. we have handcuffs. it's booze day tuesday. it's june 18th. and we've got something special in store for you. we're going to find out along with the rest of you, right? we're going to show you how to be safe in your life. >> i think we've been hearing a lot about people whose identities get stolen and there are things that you can do to help prevent that. i wonder every time i'm online shopping i have to say, because i buy dresses online and things. >> i know you do. you do everything there. >> yes. i actually even bought online on amazon.com a cone. you know, one of those cones like the traffic cones. >> why? >> because blake likes to use those. >> likes to use those to what? >> to -- >> to potty on? >> yes. >> so i got it to put -- >> he's 6 months old and he already has a fetish? >> i put it on the balcony. the cone. >> oh, that's smart, hoda. >> he'll use it. i bought it on amazon. you can buy anything. but i do wonder. >> that cone will probably come in really candy for other things as well, hoda. >> oh! >> we're going to
and also, thursday. >> all right, one last look at the rim fire. thanks for joining us. "the nightly news" is next. >> bye-bye, see you at 6:00. ready to strike? the big debate at the white house over what to do about syria. >>> plus, an nbc news exclusive. a doctor on the front lines there telling us what he says is really going on. >>> state of emergency. in california, tonight an out-of-control wildfire the size of denver now raging inside of yosemite. >>> plus, a freak hailstorm and now the threat of flash floods. a wild weekend ahead for millions. >>> judgment day for the army major accused of a massacre at ft. hood. the deadliest mass murder on a base in u.s. history. >>> and gift of time. there's never enough of it. and what would you do if suddenly you had the time to do all of the things you really want? "nightly news" begins now. >> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >> good evening. brian is off tonight. i'm lester holt. >>> there is word tonight the pentagon is drawing up military options to respond to thi
threatening san francisco's power supply. >>> searching for a serious strategy. with u.s. warships on alert in the mediterranean, the president looks for options after doctors inside syria confirm thousands were treated for symptoms of a chemical attack. >>> a manhunt is under way for the teen who allegedly killed a beloved world war ii veteran. >>> marching again, hundreds of thousands rally for jobs and justice today in washington, just as they did 50 years ago to hear dr. king's historic "i have a dream" address. >>> and a mayor's mission to revitalize gary, indiana, a town that has long been down on its luck, now signs of hope and healing are everywhere. >>> good evening. that huge wildfire burning in central california is growing virtually unchecked tonight as its impact is being felt more than 100 miles away. far from the firefight, the city of san francisco is under a state of emergency tonight because its water supply and hydroelectric power come from a reservoir near the fire zone. 2,700 firefighters are now on the lines backed by a relentless air assault, but working again to rugg
stations across the country. our roundtable joins us in just a moment. but first joining me now, the only living speaker from the march on washington, congressman john lewis. he spoke yesterday in front of the lincoln memorial. >> you cannot stand by. you cannot sit down. you've got to stand up, speak up, speak out, and get in the way, make some noise! >> congressman lewis, welcome back to "meet the press." >> thank you very much, david, for having me. >> what a moment. we actually have the two images. there you were 50 years ago as a 23-year-old speaking so powerfully and 50 years later an elder statesman, sir, if you don't mind ne saying. >> i don't mind. >> a pioneer of the civil rights struggle. that had to be quite a moment. >> it was a moving moment to stand there in the same spot 50 years later where dr. king and others stood. i think in the past 50 years we have witnessed what i'd like to call the nonviolent revolution in america, a revolution of values, a revolution of ideas, and our country is a better country. >> you know, the president will speak on wednesday in the same spot.
spending days on the fire lines. >> we were on 24-hour shifts up there. but we're used to working, and we know that when we go out to these incidents, that that's what we're out there for. we can't take a break when we're out there, because the fire doesn't take a break. the fire keeps burning through the grass and the trees and things like that. so if the fire doesn't stop, we can't stop. >> even these firefighters said they were stunned by the size of the fire. telling us they had never seen a blaze that big. >> the rim fire plus the bay bridge closure equalled trouble for labor day travelers this weekend. clogged highways and closed or destroyed campgrounds forced a lot of people to change their plans. nbc bay area's george kiriyama is live in saratoga to show us. george? >> reporter: terry, it's true. people are staying closer to home this holiday weekend. all you have to do is go to campgrounds like this one here in saratoga. for some, it was no-brainer. >> you know, they love it. >> reporter: ari had his labor day weekend planned out for weeks. his family would camp out near lake ta
>>> good morning. shut down. nearly two dozen embassies are closed down in muslim world as the u.s. and allies try to stop a feared terrorist attack. we are live with new information on where the threat is coming from and who is the target. >>> out of nowhere, a speeding car crashes on a busy venice beach board walk. killing one and injuring dozens other. it was caught on surveillance video. >>> remember john palmer. one of the greatest journalists has passed away. fond memories of the colleague and a friend, today, august 4, 2013. >> >>> and> welcome to "today" and welcome to "today" on this sunday morning. i'm erica hill. >> i'm lester holt. alongside jenna wolfe and dylan dwyer. i remember being on assignment in washington and meeting palmer for the first time. a little bit in awe and then immediately he was so disarming and that's how well a remember him today. >> such an incredible journalist. but by all accounts what really made him a wonderful person was the fact that he was just such a good guy and so kind to everyone. >> we look forward to sharing more of his life coming u
will be with us. we'll talk about this and other matters. thank you very much. let me tourn to the vice chair of if senate intelligence committee, saxby chambliss, and the democratic senator from illinois, dick durbin. senators, welcome. senator chambliss, your republican colleague in the house, peter king, said this threat, this al qaeda threat, is the most significant that we have seen in many years. what have you been told about it? >> well, the one thing that we can talk about, david, is the fact that there's an an awful lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on, very reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. we didn't take heed on 9/11 in a way that we should, but here i think it's very important that we do take the right kind of planning as we come to the close of ramadan. we know that's always an interesting time for terrorists. we're also, what, 38 days, 37 days away from the september 11th anniversary. so we're paying very, very close attention to the chatter that's going on, and i can tell you, david, this is the most serious
. many u.s. embassies and consulates remain closed. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker has the latest. >> reporter: back from camp david, president obama is getting the latest on the high alert. >> there's been an all of lot of chatter out there. chatter means conversation among terrorists about the planning that's going on. they're reminiscent of what we saw pre-9/11. >> reporter: according to two top u.s. officials, the terror plot could include one large attack or simultaneous attacks around the world, but the intelligence still isn't crystal clear. embassies and consulates from cairo to kabul are bracing themselves. although the streets of kabul were calm today, the embassy was still closed and will remain on high alert. national security officials told nbc news the threat is coming directly from al qaeda in the arabian peninsula based in yemen. a terror group that's gotten stronger in recent years. >> it's more dangerous because now we have 2.0 or 3.0, which is widely dispersed, a younger generation coming up with new ideas. >> reporter: meanwhile, the department of ho
the program. thanks for joining us. we hope to he sue you back at 6:00. good night. heart trouble. george w. bush is hospitalized after a scare. the former president who appeared to be the picture of health shining a light on a problem faced by hundreds of thousands of americans each year. >>> outrage. as a man who admits to carrying out a massacre represents himself at trial, allowed to question the victims of his rampage. some say it's like being victimized all over again. >>> seconds from impact. puzzling new information about what happened in the cockpit in the final moments before a crash landing. tonight, it's raising a lot of questions. >>> and the fatal attraction that's threatening the way of life on the water. what's drawing so many sharks way too close to a popular summer spot? "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. brian is off tonight. i'm lester holt. >>> former president george w. bush is hospitalized tonight, recovering from a procedure to open up a blocked artery in his heart. doctors discovered the blockage during a routine exam and placed a stent in the artery. it's
originally planned. it was the last hurdle remaining before any kind of u.s. strike which could come in a matter of hours. >> that means tensions it ratcheting up at this point. validity mir putin this morning saying if it happens, it will be "extremely sad." >> we have a team of correspondences covering it for us from the united states plan of attack to the potential risks and fallout from the action from the rest of the world. we'll begin with the latest on the u.s. response so far. jim miklaszewski live at the pentagon for us. good morning. >> good morning. from a military standpoint with the u.n. inspectors all out of syria now, that does indeed clear the battlefield for any possible military strikes. all the military pieces are in place. the u.s. military forces couldn't be more ready. all they're waiting for is the order interest president obama. five guided missile destroyers in the eastern med loaded with as many as 50 tomb map hawk missiles each. we're told all the potential targets have been downloaded into those missile warheads. those targets would include the command and
>>> our key issues and people this week. spying showdown. president obama orders changes to u.s. surveillance programs and faces tough questions about the nsa leaker. >> i don't think mr. snowden was a patriot. >> the debate over the future of u.s. spying programs. mike mccaul, the head of the house homeland security committee. analysis from ted koppel of nbc news and "the washington post's" barton gellman. then presidential orders. strong words from the commander in chief this week about stamping out sexual assault in the military. the pentagon is preparing new rules, but there is an agreement on how to end the crisis. i go one-on-one with one of the lawmakers pushing for change, missouri senator claire mccaskill. >>> the immigration debate. a critical time for reform as members of congress head back to their districts to prepare for the fall fight. what are the prospects for passage? talk to both sides including the congressmen leading the fight against reform. >>> end of an era. the venerable "the washington post" is sold to amazon's jeff bez bezos. was what does it say about
for joining us. i'm jon kelley. >> i'm marla tellez. happening now, eric holder is in the bay area talking about sentencing. bob riddell joins us live where the announcement is being made bob. >> reporter: speaking moments ago, u.s. attorney general eric holder announcing at the american bar association meeting that, quote, we must face reality that in too many ways our criminal justice system is broken especially when it comes to the explosion of this country's prison population hence, this morning's announcement on a new policy change towards the war on drugs. he pointed out that if you look at our population we comprise 5% of the world's population and yet house 25% of the jail population. half for drug offenses. he says the idea of jail should be to punish and rehabilitate not to warehouse and forget and says what we've got going on right now is inefficient and unsustainable. so to deal with this he is now directing his 94 u.s. attorneys throughout the country to stop charging people with low level drug crimes that result in mandatory minimum sentences and e
its foot down and blocked the merger between american airlines and us airways, which combined would be the world's biggest airline. contrary to what those two carriers have been saying, the deal will reduce competition and force us all to pay more to fly. nbc's tom costello has a story from one of the airports that could be most impacted by all this, washington's reagan national. tom? >> reporter: hi, lester. justice says if this deal goes through, this mega airline would control 69% of the takeoff and landing slots here at reagan national airport, and competition would be affected nationwide. for months, usairways and american had been promoting their merger as a big win for customers. >> we would not only become a bigger airline, but also something so much greater. >> reporter: but today, the government and a bipartisan group of attorneys general from six states and d.c. moved to block the deal, saying the new airline would be too big, reducing the number of big carriers from four to three. >> they tend to contract the market, so you have less routes, less choices, higher prices,
civilians are being killed in the streets. >> the key question for the u.s. -- should we cut off aid to egypt? i'll ask two key senators on the armed services committee. >>> race and justice, a controversial crime-fighting tool, stop and frisk, rejected by a federal judge. new york city police commissioner ray kelly joins me to defend it, while trayvon martin's mother gives me her views in an exclusive live interview. >>> ready to run? hillary clinton returns to the stage. what's her strategy and what's the gop plan of attack for 2016? i'll get insights and analysis from our special roundtable. i'm david gregory. all that ahead on "meet the press" this sunday morning, august 18th. >>> straight to the breaking news. a heavy security presence in cairo, egypt, this morning as military rulers are trying to strengthen their control over a country descending into chaos. so, how much worse will it get in egypt? hundreds are dead, nearly 40 christian churches have been torched and looted, and supporters of the ousted president morsi, the muslim brotherhood, are vowing to fight back. we'll ha
department is clarifying it's policy on helmet mounted cameras used to capture a record of emergency scenes. fire officials said this afternoon that they have had a ban in place since 2009. banning firefighters from using recording devices at work. they say the one used at the scene of the crash sight was a personal camera mounted by a individual firefighter. >>> we're expected to learn more about what caused that deadly limousine fire. they will release how the fire was started. five women, including a bride to be, died on may 4th. orville brown was driving the investigation. he said his estranged wife and he were arguing on the phone when it happened. phone records show that is not true. >>> a singer is filing a lawsuit against the city of heyward. monte joins us with more on that story. >> good evening. as a result of the attack, lester chambers had to an a series of performances. back on july 13th, a woman jumped on teenage ae attacked him at the blues festival just after chambers dedicated a song to trayvon martin. the woman was charged with two felonies. her attorney claims she suffer
, my gosh. okay. that's a crowd. oh, i guess it's time for us to get out. i might need a hand. how's everybody? oh! oh! you know what, they know how to party in charleston. oh, my word. well, well, well. you know what i want to say, hoda? >> what? say hey y'all. ready? one, two, three. hey, y'all! hi, guys. so good to be here in gorgeous charleston, south carolina. we thought it was very, very important that we wore hats so we would fit in. >> that's right. that's right. thank you for all wearing your corsets. you like my hat? let's focus for a minute. i love your hat. we want to thank the beautiful ladies at phillips hats. i have a bone to pick with phillips. a tiny bone to pick. i like hats. i enjoy wearing hats. >> if don't you can find that fits. >> there was not a hat to fit my head. i had to have one of these because my head apparently is the size of willard scott. >> a large pump kip, but you look beautiful in it, hoda. absolutely. we love it and you are beautiful. we are coming to you from a wild and crazy school called the college of charleston. oldest college in south car
've had a fun, fun, fun two weeks. the l.a. tourism board has been off the hook terrific to us. and the folks here at universal city have been great, too. and there is a reason we have a mariachi band. because you know what today is? national margarita day. of course it is. so we have a margarita. >> these are our personalities. >> what? one of them is sweet and one is a little saucy. >> yeah, yours is jalapeno because you're spicy and mine is a love pinella because i'm sweet. >> i think they got them mixed up. >> i don't think so. anyway, the mariachi band is from comachi cantina. and if you're local, you know tom, one of the city council members of los angeles. wave your hand. >> how are you, baby? this is beautiful right here. >> what's in it? everything good is in that hot dog. tell them i sent you. they're a very special family. >> thank you. what else you got? >> this is from the hollywood sign. let's give to the monastery. and officially here, a certificate of welcome, hoda, right there. from the mayor and city council. >> oh, my god. thank you. >> our sister city map. b
. defense secretary chuck hagel saying today the u.s. military is ready to act if ordered to do so by the president. he says all options are being considered at this point. we are live in the region with new development. >> plus, we'll take you to an emotional memorial service that was held saturday for the mother and brother of kidnapped teen hannah anderson. >> tough one there. we'll bring you the very latest on that. and also, i'm not sure if you've heard these statistics, but it's actually more difficult to get into than harvard, that is the storied nbc page program, a launching pad for a number of successful careers. we this morning are celebrating 80 years of the page program. lester wasn't allowed to wear that uniform until we did this segment a couple weeks ago. we'll show you how we suited up. >> also rocked that. >> that was fun. >>> first, tom castello's got the very latest. tom, good morning. >> reporter: carl, good morning. it's now one of the biggest fires in california history. 6600 residents are under evacuation advisories, advisories, not orders. meanwhile the fire
the story and the other headlines at 6:00. thanks for joining us at 5:0037 >>> on the broadcast tonight, ready to go. the military signals its forces are in place and able to strike syria at a moment's notice should the president issue the order. .>> the measles outbreak linked >>> housing surge, prices are rising fast. we'll tell you how much more it will cost you today than if you had bought just weeks ago. is now the time to make your move? >>> and the dolphin mystery. along the east coast. why are so many of the beloved creatures turning up sick? tonight there's finally an answer. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening, i'm lester holt in for brian. there are a number of indications tonight that a u.s.-led military strike against syria could be launched before the end of the week. momentum for punishing action against the assad government has been building throughout the day, and as we begin here tonight, there are several new developments to report. the white house says it will release solid evidence that the syrian government ordered a mass chemical weapons attack on its own
and told us they are disappointed with this decision. they wanted a resolution for the workers and they wanted one tonight. but what this does mean is that b.a.r.t. trains will be running tomorrow and through the week. the governor called a seven-day board of inquiry. and b.a.r.t. and negotiators from the two largest unions will have a chance to present their cases. this will happen locally. they will all detail what happened in the last several weeks of negotiations while proposals were put forth and the board will determine whether there will be a 30 or 60 day cooling off period or none at all. >> and the evidence we experienced is it is a waste of time. is it the eve of a strike. i mean, this is when we should have been locked into some final positions and get it resolved. that was not happening. the issue now is they will try to determine how long it will take for b.a.r.t. to get serious. >> the talks began to deteriorate as the evening wore on results in this. the lead negotiator came out of the building and he was headed to talk to some people and get more input and said
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